We're sorry for all the headlines about the Tea Party. Really. But this one we just couldn't keep under our coats.


A liberal New York congressman jokes that he's discovered a new use for Twitter: F*cking with the Tea Party.

“I follow Twitter for the Tea Party and just show up to fuck with them,” Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) recently told a crowded New York bar, according to the New York Observer. The assembled throng of "20-somethings crowed."

“No," he purportedly added. "I don’t do that. I just sit at my desk and they send me talcum powder every couple of weeks.”

The Brooklyn congressman wasn't joking. In March, his office received an envelope of talcum powder -- sometimes used to imitate anthrax -- during the heated debate over health care reform.

In July of last year, the New York Democrat suggested the United States didn't need health insurance companies at all.

“What we’ve learned is that government-administered healthcare works pretty darn well,” he told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in July. “It’s got low overhead and people like it. So, when my colleagues pound the drum and pound the podium about how they hate government-run healthcare, I guess they haven’t looked at what they get.”

The congressman added that he believes Medicare works so well and is so simple that America doesn't require managed care firms.

“Why do we even need the insurance companies?” he asked. “What constructive role are they playing? They’re taking tens of billions of dollars each year and putting that into profits when that should have been going into healthcare.”